Best of IFA 2014: the 12 gadgets you need right now

7 Samsung Galaxy VR

Samsung Gear VR

Instead of going out on its own with virtual reality, Samsung has decided to rope in the fine folk at Oculus for the Samsung Galaxy VR and the results are impressive. Yes, this is essentially an add-on to the new Note range - you need a Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to slot in as a screen - but it is fantastically immersive and surprisingly comfortable to use, if a little bulky. It's the first time we have used Oculus with a mobile device and we were thankful not to be tethered to a machine. We would like to try out more games on the Galaxy VR, but with hundreds promised this could well turn out to be the surprise best gadget at IFA 2014.

8 Samsung Galaxy Note 4

Samsung Galaxy Note 4

The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is everything you want from an update, but don't expect massive changes here. What Samsung has done instead is refined the range. It's kept the same-sized 5.7 inch screen but added QHD technology to it, so media sparkles. The design tweaks are welcome to - there is a metal rim around the chassis that has been lifted from the Samsung Galaxy Alpha, and the S Pen is the best it has ever been.

9 Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

The Samsung Galaxy Note Edge will be a limited edition device but that doesn't mean that it shouldn't be included on this list. It has the same specs as the Note 4 - apart from a slightly smaller battery - but it has been give a revolutionary new screen. The screen makes use of Samsung's curved AMOLED technology and gives you an interactive 'lip' to play with. You can have notifications come up when the rest of the screen is off and even use it as a ruler if you so wish. Yes, it's innovation for innovation's sake but it looks great and was certainly one of the few devices shown off at IFA that had the 'wow' factor.

10 Samsung bendable UHDTV

Samsung UHDTV

It wouldn't be an IFA without Samsung showing off a 'world's biggest' television. For IFA 2014, the world's biggest TV turned out to be of the 105-inch bendable Ultra HD variety. Now, this isn't something you would ever have in your house. Unless your house was a mansion. If that is the case, then lucky you. But it does show how amazing television technology has come. The biggest quirk of this television is that it is self bending. So if you want to watch a movie with all the immersion of a curved TV, then flick a switch and it will curve for you.

11 Sony Xperia Z3

Sony Xperia Z3

Sony's latest phone comes in two sizes and both make for a decent device. If you do opt for the smaller Sony Xperia Z3 Compact (with a 4.7-inch screen) then what you get is a powerful, nicely built device that has an improved screen over its predecessor. As for the large-sized Sony Xperia Z3, this has similar looks to its predecessor but it has been much improved. A brighter screen and new features including PS4 remote play make this the best Sony phone out at the moment.

12 Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

There were surprisingly few tablets launched at IFA 2014, so the Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact proved to be popular at the show. Although it has a slightly lower res screen than we anticipated, it is a nice device that offers up PS4 remote play, high fidelity audio and it is also waterproof. As this is a Sony device, the chassis is as slim as you expect but we reckon it may be a pricey device.